Sell, Store, or Export your Vehicle

What to do when your visit wraps up

All good things must come to an end.

At the end of your visit, you should have a plan to either a) sell your vehicle, b) store it for future visits, c) rent it for income, or d) export it.

visitor.us has your back in all of these cases.

Selling your vehicle

If you want to sell your vehicle at the end of your visit, you have three options:
- Private party sale
- Dealer sale
- Wholesale auction

Private Party Sale
You'll generally get the highest resale value for your vehicle by selling it to an individual, or a private party.

Unlike a dealer or auction house, a private party doesn't need to make a profit - he or she is buying the vehicle for personal use. Cutting out the middleman allows both the seller and the buyer to maximize value for themselves.

However, individual buyers are flaky and fickle. They might show up at the scheduled time, or they might not. They might seem strongly interested at first contact, only to see the vehicle and try to lowball you.

As a result, it can take up to a month and potentially many meetings with prospective individual buyers to find the right one.

If you have time and patience, you can find private party buyers by listing your vehicle for sale on Craigslist, Facebook, or with a for-sale sign in your vehicle's window.
Dealer Sale
If you don't have the time or patience to deal with individual buyers, you can sell your vehicle to a dealer.

Most used vehicle dealerships buy vehicles from individuals trading their vehicles in to buy a new one, or from individuals who just want to sell vehicle. The dealer will inspect your vehicle and give you an offer, usually within an hour. This offer will be good for a fixed period of time (7 days, for example) and a fixed mileage (100 miles more than current mileage, for example).

To accept the deal, you will need to provide the vehicle's title and keys to the dealer.

Because dealers need to make a profit, and because sometimes inspections miss issues with vehicles, a dealer's offer (the trade-in value, or the wholesale value) is usually lower than the value that an individual will pay.
Important Note: Selling your vehicle to a dealer may present two challenges, both of which visitor.us can help you manage:
1) Most dealers pay for vehicles with checks (or bank drafts). Cashing a check or a bank draft from an American bank in US dollars at your home bank may be difficult (or impossible).
2) Many dealers will only make payment out to the name listed on the vehicle's title, or to an agent associated with the name listed on the vehicle's title.

If you get a good offer from a dealer, and they need to write a check to your company or its agent, ask the dealer to make the check out to visitor.us. We will provide a Fedex shipping label to overnight the check to our office. We will deposit the check in our account and electronically transfer the funds to your home bank account. visitor.us charges $95 for this service, and our international banking partner, Wise, deducts a small fee to exchange the funds into your home currency.

Wholesale Auction
To some people, dealing with individual buyers and dealers feels like a hassle - you just want to drop your car off and head to the airport.

If you're one of these people, visitor.us has your back.

visitor.us has partnered with Manheim and Adesa, the two largest wholesale auto auctions in North America, to bring you an experience that feels just like a rental: drop your keys off and we'll sort out the sale for you.

Manheim and Adesa together have more than 150 auction houses located across America. They are situated in key logistics hubs, so many auction locations are within 30 minutes of an airport.

When you use visitor.us' wholesale auction option, we market your vehicle to dozens of auto dealers, all searching for inventory to add to their lots. You don't have to bring your vehicle to dealers; dealers come to the auction to look at your vehicle.

Wholesale auto auctions are only open to licensed auto dealers, so when you use this option, you sell your vehicle to visitor.us. visitor.us sells your vehicle to Manheim, and Manheim sells your vehicle to the highest bidder. Manheim takes a fee (usually between $200 and $500) to manage the auction, and visitor.us takes a $495 Brokerage fee to list your vehicle.
How much should I expect for my car?
Knowing what price to expect for your vehicle can be a challenge, but a couple of resources can be quite helpful.
Kelly Blue Book
Kelly Blue Book is the most used guide for pricing private-party sales (sales to individuals). Answer a few simple questions about your vehicle's condition, and they'll generate a range of private party values and trade-in values.
NADA
The National Auto Dealers Association guide (NADA Guide) is the price guide that auto dealers use the most. Again, answer a few simple questions and the NADA Guide will generate a price report for your vehicle.
Carmax
Carmax is America's largest buyer of vehicles from the general public. Enter a few key pieces of information on their website, and in most cases, they will generate an offer online. Simply visit one of Carmax's 200+ locations and they'll buy your vehicle for the price offered online.

Final note: Retail Price
At the top of this section, we discussed your three options for selling your vehicle (private party, dealer, auction). Each one of these options has a slightly different price.

There is a fourth price that you should be aware of: Retail Price.

If you bought your vehicle from an auto dealer, you probably paid Retail Price. A vehicle's Retail Price is usually higher than its private party price, which is usually higher than its wholesale (dealer or auction) price.

Dealers charge a premium for vehicles because they make the purchase process easy. They inspect, repair, and clean vehicles. They offer value-added services like warranties, financing, and service packages.

So, if you buy a vehicle from a dealer and sell it to a dealer, your vehicle will likely depreciate, but you will also likely lose a bit of value buying retail and selling wholesale.

In most cases, this loss is far less than the loss of renting a vehicle. But understanding the differences in a vehicle's value is worth keeping in mind.

Storing your vehicle

If you want to store your vehicle and use it for future visits, you're welcome to do so.

visitor.us is working towards partnerships with vehicle storage providers. While we develop those options for you, we can recommend a number of storage options that you can use directly.
Self-storage locations
There are literally tens of thousands of vehicle self-storage locations located across the United States. Outdoor storage at an out-of-the-way location may cost as little as $30-$50 per month.

U-Haul is one of the the largest franchises of self-storage locations in America.

Self-storage locations do not take responsibility for loss, damage, or theft of property from their premises.

We'll discuss insurance while your vehicle is stored below, but if you're storing your vehicle in an outdoor self-storage facility, you might consider investing $100 for an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock.
Peer-to-peer storage
Services such as Neighbor.com are like AirBnB for garages: you pay an individual to store your vehicle while you're away.
Managed storage
Vehicles are engineered to be used. If a vehicle sits too long, its tires get square, its battery goes flat, and oil doesn't stay where it should in the engine. A handful of managed storage companies make sure that your vehicle stays in top condition, even while you're away.

Adkos was started by veterans to store vehicles for servicemen and servicewomen during deployments. Their vehicle storage solutions, which are located in 16 US states, are available to civilians.

RecNation is a fast-growing RV-focused storage provider that also stores cars, bikes, and boats.

Insurance while your vehicle is stored
It's a good idea to keep your insurance policy active while your vehicle is in storage for two reasons. First, your storage location may not offer coverage against theft or damage while stored. Second, if you cancel or let your insurance policy expire, the likelihood that your insurer will refuse to insure you again increase dramatically.

There are several things you can do to manage your insurance cost while your vehicle is in storage:
Turn off collision coverage
Collision coverage reimburses you for damage to your vehicle due to an accident that you cause. It's pretty hard to cause an accident while your vehicle is in storage.
Increase your comprehensive deductible
Collision coverage reimburses you for damage to your vehicle due to an accident that you cause. It's pretty hard to cause an accident while your vehicle is in storage.

Renting your vehicle

Want to rent your vehicle out and earn income while you're not using it? Go for it!
Find an asset manager
You need someone to clean your vehicle between users.
Check your asset manager's insurance
Your asset manager should have liability, comprehensive, and collision insurance on your vehicle while they are renting it out, so you're not exposed to any risks while you're away.
Provide your tax ID number
Your asset manager will likely report your income to the IRS. In order to do this, they will require your LLC's Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN/EIN).

You need are responsible for filing state and federal tax returns, and paying any income taxes due.
Ensure you're not fouling your visa
If you're on a non-working visa or visa waiver (e.g., a B1/B2 visa or ESTA), you are generally not allowed to work or manage a US-based business while you're in the United States.

If you arrange rentals for your vehicle while you're in the United States, you may foul your visa, risking future entry into the country.

An American or a foreign national with a US work permit may manage your rentals while you're in the country; you may also manage your rentals while you're outside of the country (i.e., not in the US on your visa).

For further details, consult an immigration attorney.

Exporting your vehicle

Would your US vehicle look great in your stable at home? Ship it home with you!
Identify a shipper
We have used Schumacher Cargo Logistics since 2019 - visitor.us customers have given them consistently high marks.
Obtain import permit from your home country (where required)
Several countries require permission to import a vehicle. If you are importing your vehicle to one of these countries, obtain the required permits before shipping your vehicle.
Drop your vehicle with the shipper
Simply visit the location agreed upon with your shipper, drop your vehicle, and go!

The shipper will containerize your vehicle for safe and easy ocean transport. Depending on the route and availability, your vehicle will hit the water two weeks to two months after you drop it off.
Provide your vehicle's title to the shipper
In order to release your vehicle for export, your shipper will need your vehicle's title (the original document, not a copy).

If your title is still in process with the State of Montana, visitor.us can Fedex your title to the shipper as soon as we receive it.
Pay the shipper's invoice
The shipper will provide you an invoice for your vehicle's ocean passage. Pay it.
Complete customs process in the importing country
Conversions may be required to make your vehicle road-legal in the importing country. These will need to be done with a licensed converter. The importing country may also require customs duties, tariffs, and/or taxes to complete the importation process.

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